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The SCALIBUR Project – a Reference for Waste Management in Europe

In the EU over 100 million tons of bio waste are thrown away each year – around 200 kg per person. The majority of this waste goes to landfills, therefore wasting valuable nutrients, energy and resources while causing major environmental challenges.

Nestled in the hills – a dormant volcanic range 20km southeast of Rome – you find the town of Albano Laziale. While it may not have the grandeur of the ‘eternal city’, Albano Laziale is far ahead in another way: biowaste management.  Albano has the intention to be a national reference for good waste management, especially when it comes to biowaste.

“When the actual administration was established in 2010, only 2% of waste was collected separately with a poor rate on quality. The mission was to let start a door to door waste collection system combined to an intensive sensitization campaign for citizens and business activities. The city administration has assigned the highest priority to waste management investing important resources to change the citizens behavior” (Quote from ANCI Lazio SCALIBUR partner)

 They are already on the right track, yet aim to further promote local actions thanks to the engagement activities of the SCALIBUR project, which is run at the local level with the support of the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) and other project partners. The last SCALIBUR Italian Biowaste Club meeting took place in Albano Laziale on 30 October 2019 at the Municipal Townhall premises. During the meeting local stakeholders discussed current challenges and possible solutions for the city of Albano Laziale, looking into main biowaste operational areas, namely collection, transport, sorting & valorisation. The key outcomes – which will be further discussed and implemented in the town – will focus the following key course of action: 1) Implementation and monitoring of the Pay as you throw (PAYT) tariff for all commercial activities including HoReCa; 2) optimisation of the collection routes in the peri-urban areas of the city; 3) advancements in the valorisation of biowaste through the setting up of a local aerobic biowaste treatment plant.

Please contact Francesca Grossi for further information.

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